Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $24K and $49K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Addiction Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. The majority of Certified Addiction Counselors (67 percent) who took the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,054 - $47,874
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,292
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$10.86 - $24.55
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,054 - $47,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $203.47  
Profit Sharing
$125.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,099 - $48,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $203.47  
   
Profit Sharing
$125.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$24,099 - $48,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $33K. On average, Certified Addiction Counselors make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Certified Addiction Counselors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $44K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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